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Buccaneers face Corinthians tonight in their second Connacht derby in sucession following their loss to Glaswegians last time out.

Buccaneers face Corinthians tonight in their second Connacht derby in sucession following their loss to Glaswegians last time out.

Buccaneers face Corinthians tonight in their second Connacht derby in sucession following their loss to Glaswegians last time out.

Mark Donnelly swooped for a dramatic late try to send Belvedere into the Beauchamps Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-finals at Donnybrook.

Belvo' scrum-half Dylan Corrigan-Forbes launched a huge penalty for the lead in the 11th minute ,which was quickly wiped out by Gonzaga's No 8 Jack McVeigh from the back of a maul for 5-3 in the 15th minute.

There was a real to-and-fro to this contest as each side took it in turn to dominate the ball.

Gonzaga had to take some of their own medicine when Belvedere hooker Sam Osbourne crashed over from a maul for Corrigan-Forbes to convert.

The Gonzaga pack fought back by showing nice control from another maul, this time moving it for right wing Brian O'Donnell to take an inside pass from fly-half Michael O'Kennedy and he cut through the defence, the latter converting for a 12-10 lead at the interval.

The prominence of the maul should not be confused with the overall spectacle, with width and angles onto the ball generally the most chosen route forward.

Belvo' threatened through full-back Hugh O'Sullivan, Donnelly and centre Roy Clarke, while Gonzaga defended tenaciously, turning over ball on the floor through openside Conor Gleeson and prop James Veale.

It all came down to a blistering attack from Belvedere, spinning the ball right for Donnelly to repel two tacklers and place the ball exquisitely on the whitewash.

Belvedere – H O'Sullivan; M Donnelly, R Clarke, P Smith, P Maher; D Hawkshaw, D Corrigan-Forbes (C Walsh 61); A Grennel, S Osbourne (G Murray 41, J Robinson, O O'Brien, D Ring, D Hill, C Byrne, M Kearney (J doorley 3).

Gonzaga – S Galvin; B O'Donnell, D Lynch, F McHugh (E Allen 66), R McCabe; M O'Kennedy (capt), J Kenny; J Veale, P O'Brolchain, E Coyle, D Carson, D English, M Keegan, C Gleeson, J McVeigh.

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Ref – B Montayne (Leinster Branch)


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